Introduced Version






SENATE BILL No. 396

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 35-44-2-2 ; IC 35-47-4.5-3 .

Synopsis: Law enforcement officers. Makes it false informing, a Class B misdemeanor, for a person to make a false complaint against a law enforcement officer. Makes it a Class B misdemeanor for a person to direct light from a laser pointer at a state police motor carrier inspector.

Effective: July 1, 2002.





Meeks C




    January 10, 2002, read first time and referred to Committee on Corrections, Criminal and Civil Procedures.







Introduced

Second Regular Session 112th General Assembly (2002)


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SENATE BILL No. 396



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning criminal law and procedure.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

    SECTION 1. IC 35-44-2-2 , AS AMENDED BY P.L.156-2001, SECTION 12, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2002]: Sec. 2. (a) As used in this section, "consumer product" has the meaning set forth in IC 35-45-8-1.
    (b) A person who reports, by telephone, telegraph, mail, or other written or oral communication, that:
        (1) the person or another person has placed or intends to place an explosive or other destructive substance in a building or transportation facility;
        (2) there has been or there will be tampering with a consumer product introduced into commerce; or
        (3) there has been or will be placed or introduced a weapon of mass destruction in a building or a place of assembly;
knowing the report to be false commits false reporting, a Class D felony.
    (c) A person who:
        (1) gives a false report of the commission of a crime or gives false

information in the official investigation of the commission of a crime, knowing the report or information to be false;
        (2) gives a false alarm of fire to the fire department of a governmental entity, knowing the alarm to be false;
        (3) makes a false request for ambulance service to an ambulance service provider, knowing the request to be false; or
        (4) gives a false report concerning a missing child (as defined in IC 10-1-7-2 ) or gives false information in the official investigation of a missing child knowing the report or information to be false; or
        (5) makes a false complaint against a law enforcement officer:
            (A) that alleges the officer engaged in misconduct
while performing the officer's duties; and
            (B) knowing the complaint to be false;

commits false informing, a Class B misdemeanor. However, the offense is a Class A misdemeanor if it substantially hinders any law enforcement process or if it results in harm to an innocent person.
    SECTION 2. IC 35-47-4.5-3 , AS ADDED BY P.L.70-2000, SECTION 1, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2002]: Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, "public safety officer" means:
        (1) a state police officer;
        (2) a county sheriff;
        (3) a county police officer;
        (4) a correctional officer;
        (5) an excise police officer;
        (6) a county police reserve officer;
        (7) a city police officer;
        (8) a city police reserve officer;
        (9) a conservation enforcement officer;
        (10) a town marshal;
        (11) a deputy town marshal;
        (12) a state university police officer appointed under IC 20-12-3.5 ;
        (13) a probation officer;
        (14) a firefighter (as defined in IC 9-18-34-1 );
        (15) an emergency medical technician; or
        (16) a paramedic; or
        (17) a state police motor carrier inspector.